Most people know that the first weeks with a newborn are challenging to say the least. But then you have nights like tonight, and no matter how hard things have been, you suddenly don’t care. It’s all worth it.
Madeline started flashing some real smiles about a week ago. She smiles sometimes when I’m changing her diaper, but until tonight it still hadn’t really seemed like she was smiling at me. Tonight, after I fed her, it was just the two of us. Kayla was already in bed, and Aaron was at a meeting. We just sat there looking at each other. I started copying what Madeline was doing (sticking her tongue out), and she cooed and broke into a huge smile. I continued talking and playing with her for about a half an hour, and she clearly responded to me several times. Suddenly the weeks of middle-of-the-night feedings seem much easier … just when I was beginning to feel overwhelmed by them.
Madeline and I visited the doctor today. I had my six week check up, and the doctor took a look at her goopy eye. Her left eye has been oozing green stuff for the past couple days. Apparently she has a plugged tear duct, a result of the nasal congestion she’s been experiencing. Madeline weighed in at a healthy 11 lbs. 8 1/2 oz. That means she’s gained 3 lbs. in the past four weeks. No wonder she has a double chin now. 🙂